A week in Guanajuato

February 6, 2017

Guanajuato< City had been on Paul’s wish list for a long time – I had spent a day there when traveling with my daughter-in-law’s family (before she was my daughter-in-law) in about 1994 or 1995.  So it was high time for the two of us to get there together and explore for a longer period of time.

We bussed to Guanajuato on the luxury bus line ETN, dozing, watching a movie, and reading for the six hour trip from México City.  When we got to the bus station we grabbed a taxi to take us to our Air B & B apartment.  Well, in Guanajuato’s Centro usually you can only be dropped off somewhere near your destination! The city is primarily a city of callejones, or pedestrian only streets, and most of these are quite steep or have stairs. Guanajuato is bowl shaped and it really is unique. In our case we had to trundle our luggage two normal blocks and two blocks straight up that were part stairs and part paving stones.

A dog must have stepped on the tile before it dried!


Our place was super well located and very comfortable.  I was having a lot of trouble walking at the time (long story, don’t ask) so being so centrally located made it perfect for us.  Our host was wonderful and we got hooked up right away with the local Cultura offerings and were able to attend a piano recital (in a space similar to Casa Haas in Mazatlán) and a symphony program in the Teatro Juárez.

On the way to our place


Our neighborhood near the San Francisco church had a street party the weekend we were there.  Crammed into the small square in front of the church were children’s rides, bouncy rooms, and all the food vendors you could imagine.  It was such fun. The photo at the top of the post was the papel picado they strung up ahead of the festivities.

Very atmospheric setting


Guanajuato (similar to so many other Méxican cities like Durango, Oaxaca, San Cristóbal de las Casas and Queretaro) has many pedestrian only streets. (Are you listening, Mazatlán?)  It makes these streets such lively places to stroll, both day and night.  They are real magnets for people – both locals and tourists.

Just a street scene


We explored the city on foot a lot with frequent rests for my feet on the ample benches and public squares.  We took a tourist bus tour.  We skipped the mummies,  and also unfortunately skipped the funicular because the line was too long. (my feet again, sigh)

Another block to our place


We found lots of the restaurants our friends had recommended. Cafe Tal has the most delicious coffee – be sure to take a couple kilos home with you.  Delica Mitsu had wonderful Japanese food. La Vie en Rose was a fantastic French bakery and coffee shop.  We ate twice at La Capellina for their excellent Italian food.  We ate one night at La Trattoria with our table in the Juliet balcony overlooking the square. (location good/food not so much) After the symphony one night at around 11 pm we went for dinner at Casa Valadez along with all the movers and shakers of the city it seemed.  We felt like we had a front row seat to the who’s who of Guanajuato as they greeted each other and table hopped around this incredibly disorganized restaurant with servers looking more at their iPads than at the customers.  We had a great time.

We went to a few museums (the Casa Diego Rivera museum was good) and to the main mercado.   The produce at the mercado was incredibly inexpensive.

We had a wonderful time there and would love to go back sometime now that my feet are nearly well and spend at least a month.  It is a wonderful city, friendly and interesting.

So what’s going on here in Mazatlán, you ask?

Thousands of new palms are being planted along the malecon


The monigotes are up, teasing us that Carnaval will be here soon.



The houses on Angel Flores are even more photogenic than usual!

An artsy picture of palm tree shadows
I hope you are all enjoying your winter!  See you!



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I'm Nancy, a US expat living in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Jalisco after 11 years in Mazatlán, México.

    1. I wish you had made it over to SMA! I would have loved to meet both of you…..the stairs in Guanajuato can be a bit much. Glad ya’ll enjoyed yourselves.

      1. Babs, We hope to get to SMA in the six months, did you know many, many of our friends from Mazatlán beat the summer heat in SMA? We’ll let you know when we head your way, amiga. xoxo

    1. Thank you for the mini-travelogue and lovely photos! We are wrapping up 3 weeks in Puerto Vallarta, but will return to Mexico in the fall for an extended visit. Both Guanajuato and San Miguel will be on our itinerary, along with a return visit to Mazatlan. I look forward to hearing more!

      1. Deborah, Hi! So nice to hear from you and we look forward to seeing you again in Maz. Sure love that guitar CD Jim gave us. Take care.

    1. We loved Guanajuato, only spent a day there. Our home base was San Miguel, actually at Babs house where we rented for three months. Peter was trying for a three month housesit this spring/ summer in Guan but because of an adoption it was not to be. Oh well, we would love to spend more time there as well. We too enjoyed the same museum, we like the vibe being a university town.
      You must absolutely spend time in San Miguel, a most wonderful place that we think about everyday since returning to Canada in March 2016. Cheers, Shelagh

    1. Hola Nancy!
      I’ve been to Guanajuato in 2006, but not since. It’s really one of those magic places. It’s high time I revist.

      I hope your feet are feeling better. México is not a place for sore feet.


      Kim G
      Redding, CA
      Where we continue to watch rain fall and not much else.

    1. Great post Nancy. Guanajuato is on our to do list. Our friend Suzanne just posted on her blog, Take to the Highway, great photos from both of you.

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